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03 March 2006, 05:37 PM
Enrico Furlan is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Concept Sketch: A new World (

03 March 2006, 05:41 PM
Holy cow! I was quite missing the competition! Three days are just GONE!!! Anyway...these are are so fun to do and there is so much to learn I couldn't stay out.

Good luck to everyone who visits this page and entered the challenge. To all the other visitors, thanks for stopping by! ;)

03 March 2006, 01:48 AM
Hi hi Xillion, great to see you here, and good luck! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


03 March 2006, 03:07 AM
hey xillion~goodluck my friend and all the best!most of all~enjoy the journey:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:52 PM (

I've been thinking about the topic for a while now and come up with some ideas. As my Collins-Cobuild Vocabulary states a journey is the act or process of travelling from one place to another, or an experience of changing or developing from one state of mind to another.
So, given the guidelines, here are a series of thumb sketches (I have three pages up to now) of my ideas.

I'll post them in a row and describe every one of the labeled images.I did every sketch really fast as a remainder to myself more than else so they probably don't illustrate well an Idea or lack something in them. After two days of brainstorming I'm quite sure I'll go for number one (that with the rocket) but any advice is welcome. we go with the first image... my explanations on every sketch on the next (normal) post!

03 March 2006, 08:02 PM
Hey! Glad to see your entering the challenge, I look forward to seeing your ideas progress.


03 March 2006, 08:07 PM
Ok here we go. I'll describe only the numbered sketches from left to right.

4) The long goodbye. Space setting, a little children is giving the last goodbye to his mother planet from the window of her spaceship. In the distance you can see other planets and spaceships.

2) "To the new world" Another take on the leaving concept. Historical setting. A man/woman waves goodbye to the conquistadores on their galleons.

5) "To the mountains of madness". Low camera angle. a series of man on horses are heading toward distant mountains.

5) ( yea, i have two number five!!! ;)) "The leaving" Alien ships flying away upon fungus shaped cities.

1) (no title yet) My favourite. Astronauts are looking up to the stars while they walk to their rocket. Quiet, mystical mood. Early morning light. They come out from some sort of hangar with helmets underi their arms. The rocket will be white with some red.

3) "Exodus". stormy sky, an entire population heads for a new home. Bibilical.

?) "Legion / out of the castle / undead army" different takes on the warfare/fantasy setting

?) "At the end of the rainbow" a fellowship of creatures points at the end of the rainbow (where the gold pot lies maybe) (inspired by an Hammerfall song)

03 March 2006, 08:17 PM (

"In the old tree" - two kids in a mystical forest, they're about to jump (currently they just talk to each other about doing it)into the mysterious hole in the old tree. Wide scene, with lake.

"The rope walker". A journey may be epic even if it's not too long. a foot, a rope and an astonished crowd in the circus. The end is near but the path is dangerous!

"Alice in wonderland" or "Narnia" inspired by those stories. a kid jumps into a new world and is ready to explore it!!! (astonished face on the kid, differen pose from the thumb).

other ideas that are just annotated:
bird migrations (funny style)
death (as a transition to heaven or hell)

03 March 2006, 08:30 PM (

A,B) "Ascension/Evolution" alien creatures jump off a high cliff to an unknown destination.

C) "Out off the hive" different take on the same idea. Big foreground figure, a sort of futuristic/hive-like (matrix like) building with holes in the background. It may be turned in some vampiric style pic. I think I'll develop furter this one, maybe including horror like elements and "birth" ooze...(ooze?? ;)?? )

D-E) "my first day of school" yeah..that's a loong journey!!!

F) "Strategy". Royal Naval officers plan their trip (or maybe a battle, who knows). Historical setting, high angle. Wigs ;)

enialadam: thanks ;) !!!
sh@ke: thanks man, glad to see u here!
rebeccak: :bowdown:

03 March 2006, 04:38 PM (

I chose to develop a little further concept number 1 (on the first thumb sketch page published). The idea is to have a few astronauts heading for their rocket. As they walk, they look at the distant stars giving a clue about their long journey throgh space. (motivations and details still in development phase).

A sidenote: I usually don't do linearts. I like to explore things while they develop. Working with values and defining the background for now. I want this image to be well composed and easily be readable. Ideas are welcome (the lower parto of the image is still very rough).

ps.: LA.1 stands for lineart, step 1

03 March 2006, 05:22 PM
You're the first italian i meet in this challenge.. :cool:
you seem to have more ideas than me...I'm still trying to find an original idea and a good composition, it's soo difficult :rolleyes:
well, good luck to you, hope to help each other soon.. :D

03 March 2006, 05:53 PM
Ciao ;)

I think I've had most of the ideas you can see around. I've been brainstorming a lot before sketching. One thing I learnt in the previous challenge is that being original is extremely difficult. As you research on the topic it's normal to come up with ideas that are not new. The thing is to try to render them in a new fashion using your own style. And of course the ability to render the same scene is peculiar to the challenger, so there is no whay two pieces end up equal. That said, you can peek at some of my thumbs and start from them if you want. I'm not jealous ;)

the most promising (those I'm gonna give a chance myself) are, in my opinion:

my first day of school
in the old tree * (koryh)
alice in wonderland
Journey to the stars (the one I'm doing) * (duddlebug)
I also saw that those with an asterisk are somewhat being pursued by other challengers (named inside the parenthesis).

A hint: begin working as soon as you can!!!

ps.: feel free to add me to msn if you have it, we can talk in a much more straightforward way there. Thanks for stopping by.

03 March 2006, 06:05 PM
oh thanks! :)
i already have an idea i want to pursue, as you can read in my topic..i'm trying to improve it a lot before starting the final image

A hint: begin working as soon as you can!!!
thank you for the advice!
I think it will be a loong night...

03 March 2006, 06:16 PM
oh thanks! :)
i already have an idea i want to pursue

The main elements you can work with to make your image special are:
setting (fantasy, futuristic, historical...etc)
lighting (daylight, artificial, angle ect)
feeling (comic like, painterly, graphic)

I think it's good to spend some time with your favourite illustrators to get inspiration. I browsed lockwood's site for good even though I'm going for a different style.
I also saw like a thousand photos and got some good ideas and references for human emotions/poses...maybe it's worth doing it.

take care.

03 March 2006, 05:11 PM (

I've been doing some sketches of character poses. These are not very dinamic but I hope lighting and composition will evoke some "mood" (suspended/dreamy). Actually, my main goal is to illustrate the Journey theme on this particular piece with these visual clues:

the fact that the jouney is about to begin is hinted by the fact that the rocket is about to launch (engines are started smoke is visible in the lower part of the image)
the trip will land on some distant star, maybe to meet some alien culture we might have discovered, so: the destination is pointed by the rocket (The sky) and by the characters' gaze at the stars ( I've been facing the problem that both faces are not entirely visible so the expression is difficult to portray. I want to portray a determined/serious expression on the characters). Let's see how it develops.
The fact that this is a journey: well we have a rocket, a destination, a pathway to the rocket and walking chars.
Suggestions and ideas are welcome. (I think I'll do some research on costumes and rocket design in the meantime). I'm not entirely sure of what setting will be chosen...maybe I'll even revert the concept making aliens come to earth...who knows. I think The final composition will be this one.

03 March 2006, 11:49 AM (

Playing with composition. The more I look at it the more it seems flat. Anyway that's the calm feeling I wanted so I'll just add interest with details and color.

On with the question. Which one at a glance is better ? A or B

03 March 2006, 12:22 PM
uh that's a difficult question..
well, i prefer the first one, but there's something strange with those guys...I mean, it's strange at the eye that one is going left and the other one is going right..
maybe it's better to make them look to the center of the picture (or towards the rocket), to lead the reader's eye towards the focal point.

also, I would put a whole ultra mega galaxy up above (like greg martin's works) to give the idea of a far precise destination.

ps. it will be in b/w or colors?

03 March 2006, 12:51 PM

the first one is the original composition so I think it works best 'cause I spent a little more time on it. The reason why I changed it is that while having the elements on a diagonal line (which I htink is good compositionally speaking) the rocket would be sitting somewhat alone in the background, separating in two parts the image. My focal point is the stars so, I tought that rearranging the elments to point there would achieve my goal. I agree on the guys position. That was one of the things that made me reconsider the elements in the scene in the first place.
I like the idea of the galaxy, I'll do some research and see how can I incorporate it in my painting. That would place my scene on another planet or a satellite but I feel the idea is good.

The final image will be in full colors.

03 March 2006, 12:14 AM
Belliissima idea!
Great idea! I like very muvh your palnning, i often do also something like this, in few strokes the idea.
Good luck my friend and keep it up! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:11 AM
i like 2,because he's not in front of the rocket ,the 1st looks as if *few that was fun journey,glad i got back,hey is that McDonalds over there,i'm hungry*


03 March 2006, 10:44 PM
I like the second one B, but I like the wall that curves round behind the figures in A.

Nice shading so far! Perhaps try out some more dynamic compositions? Play around with perspective a bit more.

Great work so far!

03 March 2006, 12:21 PM
1 Looks a little messy to me, so I'd go whit 2

I really liked the "kids jumping of tree to some bizzare world" idea though

03 March 2006, 02:32 PM
wow!!! very awesome of your concept & good luck to you guy :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:14 AM
i kind of like the way that one character is looking at the rocket and the other at the stars.

here's a question. is the only one going in the rocket?

good stuff so far,

03 March 2006, 01:03 AM
Hey Xillion

Xan't believe I didn't see you'd entered! Good luck with the challenge. Good stuff so far. Not sure - but in your current sketch it seems like the guys on the ground is being left behind rather than beginning a journey?
Anyway - I look forward to see how you progress :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 10:07 AM (

Playing around with a new idea. Some astronauts landed on new planet with their explore capsule. They're ready to discover it's wonders.

03 March 2006, 10:15 AM (

Visualizing light... this one is being developed from the rough sketch I just posted. Up to know the environment is a jungle / forest with ruins. Still have to cope with all the designs but this is the main idea. Comments are welcome.

03 March 2006, 10:24 AM
anzibon: thanks, in the main concept he's not the only one going to the rocket. If I continue to do that piece I think I'll have three figures.

Overchord: hi mate! ;) Yep, you're probably right about that. I'll need to better suggest that the man is taking part to the expedition. The entrance to the rocket should be open. I'll try adding other clues to the story if I continue the "journey to the stars" concept.

Sinad: thanks.

mindofka: many thanks lady ;)

Noob! : thanks, you made me smile :)

enialadam: yeah...that piece is coming along too flat...I just submitted something different, let's see how it develops.

LadyMedusa: hello friend. I like the kid's concept too, but maybe there's someone else doing something similar. I'll try to refine it a little though ;)

03 March 2006, 08:50 PM

Wise decision, bro'.
Good luck.

Best regards and big respect

Khan alias Chupacabra

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03 March 2006, 01:42 PM
Hey mister!
I love your last concept, it looks great. Good choice!

Come va del resto?
Io sono un pò arenata col journey ;)

03 March 2006, 02:57 PM
I agree, the last concept is great :)

03 March 2006, 03:25 PM
mindofka: HEY LADY...all goes good, but I just don't have time to spend on the challenge. I'm busy with my studies and have an acrylic portrait to paint for a friend. And U ? How does life feels ? ;)

danielh68 & chupacabra: thanks guys! This one feels better to me too :)

03 March 2006, 05:57 PM
Hi Enrico, your sketch looks very good. I think is better than your other sketchs.
Keep going, looks like a great image.

03 March 2006, 10:32 AM
Xillion: Bad period, more or less, that's all ;)

Try to go on mister, I'll promise to do the same ;)

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